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Dozens become sick at NAACP gala at Redwood City Sofitel

They have wonderful croissants. The hotel is denying that it's the hotel's fault that they became sick. WHAT?

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

I love parchment but can't stand the rolls; I get flat sheets from King Arthur, some people order from Amazon.

Oct 28, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I can't put it into words. Maybe if I had a little bite of each here right now I could attempt it.

Anyone?

Oct 28, 2014
walker in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

I prefer the Italian truffle, a bit soft and creamy .. room temp the best.

Oct 27, 2014
walker in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Is the Kalamata in a glass bottle?

Oct 27, 2014
walker in Chains

New Yorker looking for quintessential San Francisco cheap eats 2014

This rec will be a tiny bit over your under $20 requirement:

Epic Roasthouse, BAR ONLY 2 pm - 9:30 pm every night.

There's a nice water view, Bay Bridge view from the bar, tables as well as bar seating. For $20 you get an excellent house ground Wagyu beef cheeseburger, fries, beer, and brownie. Tax and tip extra but the quality of the meal and the view I think make it worth it. (If you don't want beer you can sub soda or juice.)

http://www.epicroasthouse.com/pdf/men...

Oct 26, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

It could definitely win a beauty contest!

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

So, you completely make the gravy, refrigerate it, and it reheats just fine?

I roast wings and then make stock. (I'm thinking of doing this a couple weeks ahead and freezing. How long do you think it will take to thaw in the fridge?) Day of I make the make ahead gravy base of roux and broth and later add the defatted drippings. (Made with 3 T butter, 1/3 cup flour and 4 cups stock. This is WF stress free gravy recipe.) Last few times I made it, it never thickened up enough .. should I add more butter and flour?

Oct 25, 2014
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Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

Do you make the stock and freeze it?

Oct 24, 2014
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What is the recipe for the best whole roasted turkey you've ever had?

I hope it turns out well for you but I dislike a gamy taste and much prefer white meat. I've had the very best luck with Butterballs (14 lbs or less) and at T Day I can get them fresh, not frozen. (I can tell no difference in the fresh vs. the frozen ones.)

I also think the majority of people prefer regular roasted turkey, not fancy and extreme.

This is my favorite method of roasting a turkey:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/817518

Oct 23, 2014
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Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

Amazon has 2 of these, the blue one and this silver one for more $$. Do you think the silver one is an improvement?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003...

Oct 23, 2014
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Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

Paul Prudhomme pushed about shallots long before Anthony Bourdain.

Oct 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I'd like to suggest you buy 2 good quality loaf pans; they don't take up that much room because they will store one inside the other. Disposable pans might bend and also cook differently because they are thinner.

Oct 20, 2014
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Indian Food in SF

Re: Guddu .. I don't always trust Yelp, but in this case, read the reviews. It's the whole truth. I used to like Guddu when it was on O'Farrell but the waits here are epic, portions are very small and food is not as good as in previous location. I won't go back.

I like India Clay Oven for the lunch buffet, only. Great fresh naan.

Oct 19, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Who are the best food/restaurant bloggers in SF, and where do they eat?

I miss her.

Oct 19, 2014
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Turkey Gravy... long form

I don't cook for 20! For the last few years, I've been using WF's recipe for Stress Free Gravy, made a bit ahead.

Whole Foods has a great "Stress Free Gravy" recipe you can make most of it the day ahead.
3 T unsalted butter
1/3 c. flour
4 cups homemade turkey stock or chicken stock, heated to a simmer
Pan drippings from one turkey, with fat poured off (in the roasting pan) (if you brine, I think the drippings will be too salty for gravy)
1/2 cup red or white wine
S & P to taste
Heat butter in a heavy large saucepan over med-high heat until foaming. Add flour while whisking and cook 1 minute; keep whisking. Pour in hot stock, while whisking.
Simmer while whisking about 1 minute. Gravy can be made to this point up to two days ahead. Set aside and refrigerate if not using immediately.
When you are ready to finish, reheat over med heat. When turkey is done, remove it from roasting pan, then tilt the pan and pour the fat off, leaving the drippings. Place the roasting pan on the stove burners over med heat. Pour the wine into the pan with the drippings, stirring and scraping with a wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. Cook a few minutes then pour this into the warm gravy and cook at a simmer for 5-10 minutes. Season with S & P.

So, the last few times I've made this I've felt it doesn't get thick enough; should I add more another T of flour and and butter?

Oct 18, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Somebody here (can't find it now) said CI rec the Frontera tomatillo salsa with serranos and cilantro; I found it yesterday at Safeway and MUCH PREFER the Hatch salsa. Now that I've found something I like, hope it doesn't disappear.

Oct 17, 2014
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

Have you tried the cardamom cake from My Bombay Kitchen? I love it and it sounds similar to the walnut cake .. wonder how it compares.

Oct 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

Somebody's got talent!

Oct 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Which knife did you choose to buy? I might need one.

Oct 16, 2014
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What's your WholeFoods grocery list

If you can pay attention to prices of items you buy regularly, I've found WF to cost less than Lucky and Safeway on many things. Of course, their organic produce is pricey.

Oct 13, 2014
walker in Chains

Seeking the REAL "Brooklyn Style" Cannoli Recipe

My 2 cents: maybe different brands of cinnamon oil have different strengths.

Oct 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Which recipe was this? What kind of apples did you use?

Oct 12, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

It's probably too hot for kids; I'm a bit of a wimp and it was just right for me. With the chips and sour cream, just right.

Oct 11, 2014
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Check out the Drunken Apple Cake, too. Don't know when I'm going to make it; my son-in-law is blaming me for his weigh gain, big belly, so maybe I'll hold off until Thanksgiving.

Oct 11, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Here's a nice snack: My store had Hatch salsa on the "new stuff" shelf; I bought that and the organic corn scoop chips. (I don't like their sour cream, use Knudsen that I had at home.)

So, a chip, a dab of sour cream, a dab of Hatch chili salsa on top.

Oct 10, 2014
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I looked it up and yes, that's what it is .. seems I got it from David Lebovitz' site, too.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/11/...

Oct 10, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I made an adaption of French Apple Cake from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. It calls for 4 large apples (I used Honeycrisp); since mine were medium size I pondered whether to use 4 or 5 and, finally, went with 5 -- maybe I'd choose 4 next time. Recipe is easy, calls foe 3 T rum, smelled great.

You are supposed to butter a 9 inch springform pan. I didn't think to put a parchment round in bottom; that would have made it easier to transfer to a cake stand later. It's supposed to bake 50 min - 1 hour. Mine took 1 hr 23 minutes. Everything takes longer in my oven, wonder if seal isn't tight. I use an oven thermometer and get it to correct temp.

Below is a photo. Everyone enjoyed it. It's a lot easier than making an apple pie. Next time I want to try Drunken Apple Cake on Leite's Culinaria that uses 5 thinly sliced apples and 5 T of rum.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I think that's such a shame when people are stingy with sharing recipes, especially relatives. (That's never happened in my family .. it's too late for me to get some recipes; I wasn't that interested in cooking when I was young.)

Now, I give away recipes whether or not people want them. :-)

Oct 09, 2014
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How are you going to make your Thanksgiving menu special?

I forgot to add: homemade cranberry sauce (Bourbon is the only liquid, gets cooked off).

Oct 08, 2014
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